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Poster: garthus Date: Dec 18, 2009 6:49pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: French court rules against Google

Peter,

As much as I do not like what google is doing in some cases. This case really has no merit since most of the books they refer to fall into public domain in the United States. The publishers cannot have it both ways since according to the Bern convention the copyright status for pre 1923 books rests with the country where the digitization is taking place.

Gerry

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Dec 18, 2009 7:38pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: French court rules against Google

Gerry,

But this ruling says digitization must follow French copyright law. Under French law, books are in the Public Domain at death of author + 70. So, 1940 is the cut off date (2010 - 70). Much better than 1923, No?

Stephen

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Poster: garthus Date: Dec 18, 2009 8:15pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: French court rules against Google

Stephen,

Yes they can get them allegedly for excerpts of books published after 1940; but to my knowledge they were also complaining about earlier books. In any case this highlights the lunacy of copyright laws in general. They were never meant to be extended for the life of the author or some such rule. The more people release their writings in the public domain; the stuff written by these people will become less important, other than for commercial purposes.

Gerry

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Dec 18, 2009 7:04pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: French court rules against Google

Really what I was saying is Google lost another case.

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